HP-UX has recently made significant enhancements to its virtualization offering thereby reinforcing our belief that virtualization should focus first and foremost on the flexibility to meet ever-changing workload and business requirements. Not only does HP-UX virtualization increase server efficiency and enable consolidation, it also acts as a critical step toward centralizing services and IT resources on the path to cloud. With this in mind, let me tell you about the latest enhancements in the HP Virtualization Continuum for HP-UX.
In November 2011, HP introduced a number of dynamic enhancements for its high-end, mission-critical, Superdome 2 servers, greatly increasing server availability, efficiency and flexibility. Uptime of the Superdome 2 servers is increased by dynamically:
- moving processor cores and reserve capacity between partitions
- replacing failed processors
- applying firmware upgrades.
Manual errors can now be reduced by automating these dynamic capabilities against pre-determined business policies through the use of HP-UX Global Workload Manager.
Fast forward to this past March (2012) and you’ll discover that HP-UX now offers customers additional server efficiency and flexibility capability by combining the best of vPars scalability and performance with Integrity VM flexibility and management, across all Integrity servers. This is done by converging the virtual partition and virtual machine offerings on HP Integrity servers into “HP-UX vPars and Integrity VM v6.1”. With this release, customers can also increase I/O efficiency of their virtualized servers. Shared I/O enables more virtual partitions within a server, and direct I/O (for networking) improves I/O performance by meeting high bandwidth needs with dedicated network devices. Customers can also now access vast amounts of storage, up to 2,048 LUNs per vPar or VM. In addition, to better meet business requirements, workloads can be balanced by: migrating vPars between servers, and easily transforming workloads between vPars and VMs.
At the same time, virtualization and infrastructure management, provided by HP Matrix OE 7.0 for HP-UX, has been enhanced to: workload balance between physical and virtual servers; increase scalability; and simplify management for large, diverse sets of cloud users in multi-tenancy environments.
These virtualization and infrastructure management enhancements demonstrate HP’s continued investment in HP-UX and HP Integrity servers – a key promise of Project Odyssey, within HP’s Mission-Critical Converged Infrastructure. HP will continue to invest and add capabilities to the Integrity HP-UX platform, cascading innovations over time to mission-critical x86. This positions HP as the only vendor who offers enterprises a single converged platform for mission-critical workloads on UNIX and x86 platforms. Check out these and other new HP-UX enhancements here.
Written by: Laurie Robell, HP Partitioning & Virtualization specialist